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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. To enjoy your visit safely please plan ahead, follow local signage and park considerately.

Farigaig

Where we are

Route Diversion

We strongly advise that visitors stay away from all forests for now. Many forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by strong winds over the weekend, resulting in fallen trees blocking roads and trails. In the event of a safety incident, emergency services would be unable to reach many areas. We are working hard to clear obstructions and hope to welcome you back soon.

The toilets are currently closed.

The Core Path leading from Ault na Goire to Loch Mhor will be closed from Monday 21 June 2021 due to planned felling works. 

This work is due to be completed by the end of September.

There will be a temporary diversion in place. Please follow all onsite signage.

A map of the core path network, can be viewed on the Highland Council website.

About

Towering trees, wonderful wildlife and spectacular views of Loch Ness’ south shore

Take to the trails at Farigaig to spot colourful wildflowers, butterflies and red squirrels, and for impressive views over Loch Ness and towards a dramatic rocky outcrop topped by the iron age fort of Dun Dearduil.

Wind your way to the viewpoints through a mix of broadleaf woodland – at its most vibrant in autumn – and conifers of all ages, including some soaring specimens by lovely Lochan Torr an Tuill. The forest here is a haven for red squirrels and badgers, as well as a host of woodland birds, and in summer dragonflies whizz across the water at the lochan. Take a look at our guide map to explore Farigaig and other forests in this stunning area.

Farigaig route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Lochan Tòrr an Tuill Trail (diverted)

A trail notice is in effect

Although this trail remains open, other paths and trails nearby will be affected by ongoing forestry works. Diversions/closures will change as work progresses and will be displayed on the interpretation board in the car park.

Climb steeply on the rocky shoulder of Spital of Boleskine for magnificent views of the ancient fort on Dun Dearduil, before continuing on to the hidden Lochan Tòrr an Tuill.

Section of rough and narrow earth path with muddy and rocky parts. Long steep slopes for up to half a mile.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.9 km

Allow
1 hour

Activities

South Loch Ness Trail

Farigaig is a highlight along the South Loch Ness Trail, a 28 mile (45km) route linking Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus with Torbreck on the edge of Inverness. Most of the trail is easily accessible for walking, cycling and horse-riding and roughly follows the line of the historic General Wade’s Military Road along the loch shore.

More trails from Farigaig

There is a network of paths from the Farigaig car park as well as our waymarked trail, including a link over the hill to nearby Foyers. The Highland Council’s Paths around Foyers leaflet gives you more information.

Farigaig Circular

For a longer walk, try the Farigaig Circular - continue on past the lochan following the Trail of the 7 Lochs, cut across to the South Loch Ness Trail when you reach the main road and return via the forest road. If you’re short of time, you don’t have to go far to enjoy the scenery – the viewpoint at the start of the trail is a great place to take in the view.

Facilities and access

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Picnic area
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There are public toilets, parking and places to eat and drink in nearby Foyers and Inverfarigaig.

Stay The Night

Our Stay the Night trial has now ended. All participating car parks have now reverted to no overnight parking permitted, in line with all our car parks.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

Farigaig Forest is on the south side of Loch Ness, beside the B852 near Inverfarigaig.

From Inverness, take the B862 to Dores and then the B852 to Inverfarigaig. From Fort Augustus, take the B862 to Whitebridge and then the B852 via Foyers to reach Inverfarigaig.

At Inverfarigaig, look for the turning to Errogie, also marked with Forestry Commission signs to Farigaig. The car park is about 100 yards (100 metres) up this road on the right hand side.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: IV2 6XR

Public transport

There is an infrequent bus service between Inverness and Fort Augustus that stops at Inverfarigaig. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

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View over Loch Ness and hills beyond from Change House, with broadleaf trees with red berries in the foreground

Peaceful picnic spot on Loch Ness' south shore with views over Urquhart Castle

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Spectacular views over Urquhart Bay from the crag named after a Viking Prince

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